Welcome by Provincial Grand Master Bro. William A. Perry
First of all, my heartiest congratulations to Bro. Andrew D. Millar, on being confirmed as our next Provincial Grand Master. We wish him and indeed all of the new Commission a most happy, healthy and successful term, taking our Province forward for the next five years. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Lanarkshire Middle Ward is in good hands and we look forward to bright new ideas from Bro. Millar and his team. Unfortunately, as many of you will be aware, that due to the present restrictions, the planned Installation on the 19th June has been cancelled and will be rearranged in conjunction with The Grand Lodge of Scotland.
Brethren, eleven months of lockdowns, partial lockdowns and many other restrictive measures to our day to day lives, however there is hope that the country and indeed all countries can see an end to the desperate times that we all have endured. Freemasonry has suffered, as indeed have all organisations, but we will get through it.
We are living through a Pandemic that has changed our world in such a way that no one could have foreseen the dreadful sorrow that it has caused. A number of our Brethren and family members have contracted Covid 19 and unfortunately some Brethren and their loved ones have died during the first and second waves. Our prayers are are extended to all of their families and Lodges.
Many of our Lodges continue to struggle financially and we trust that the easing of restrictions, whenever that comes, can allow them to operate in a viable fashion.
Brethren, it has been a most difficult time for us all, whether you are the Provincial Grand Master or the newest Entered Apprentice, we all are suffering and some more than others. Help is available and I am delighted that Brethren in our Province recognised the plight of certain Members and have set up a Mental Health Awareness Group. Small steps Brethren, but small steps in the right direction.
If you are aware of anyone who needs to speak, confidently, to a member of the group, please contact Bro. Jack Alexander PM in the first instance who will give details of the professional assistance available in our area.
Brethren this is not the way I’d hoped to complete my Commission or indeed how Bro. Andrew Millar would have liked to start his five years, but we are where we are, things will improve and our Craft will continue and hopefully flourish in the future.
Brethren, stay safe, look after your families and look out for others less fortunate than yourself.
Provincial Grand Master
9th February 2021